Signs on the Phaistos Disc/Arkalokhori Ax
compared with
Cretan Hieroglyphic & Linear A Signs

inaugeral date: 1 December 2005; last update: 5 November 2014


Comments, corrections, questions: John Younger (jyounger@ku.edu)


Phaistos DiscArkalokhori AxCretan Hieroglyphic
(only 9 of these may be equivalent:
*001, *004, *043, *019, *040, *catface, *016, *020, *021)
Linear A equivalences & values
these identifications are speculative but more or less acceptable

Owens = other values proposed by Owens, Oct 2014

 01   001 100 VIR
   03  
 02   01    003
 03    002 (as on CHIC #328)
 04     
 05     
 06     004 352
 07     047 or
034
37 TI or
59 TA
 08     009 28 I

(Owens suggests 52 NO, which on formal grounds is plausible but so far the syllabogram NO is not attested in Linear A.

 09    046 ??  
 10     
 11    048  
 12    047   77 KA
or 78 QE (also Owens)
 13   
 14    077 or  034 ? 59 TA (also Owens)
   09   051 20 ZO or A312
 15     043 11 PO;
cf. A363, value unknown;
cf. B12, so (also Owens)
 16    057 67 KI
 17     
 18      37 TI
 19   02   027 ??   01 DA (also Owens)
 20    54?? 24 NE
 21  also CMS II.5 no. 246, Phaistos, MM IIb context   038 ??   57 JA
 22     019 31 SA
 23   04;  04b  62 6 NA (also Owens)
 24     037 45 DE

38 E (Owens)

 25     040 86;
cf. Linear B 68 RO2
 26    088 ??  
 27      180
 28     010 87 TWE
 29     catface 80 MA

AU (Owens), assuming PhD sign 29 is actually a pig head

 30    016 21 QI (Linear B uses QI as the logogram for sheep) (also Owens)
 31    020 81 KU (long assumed to resemble a bird in flight) (also Owens)
 32      AB 60 RA (Owens) (in Cretan Pictographic, instances of , with a assumed phonetic value of A-SA-SA-RA-NE, the fourth sign often looks not like a hand but like a bird body.
 33      73 MI
 34     021 39 PI (also Owens)
 35   08   025 04 TE (also Owens)
 36     028 30 NI
   07   
   10     
   06   
   05   
 37     
 38     
 39    023, *159bis or *154 ?   AB 27 (Owens)
 40      AB 69 TU; the AB sign is usually thought to have derived from an ivy leaf, but a “bull’s hindquarters” (as Godart identifies the Phaistos Disc sign), with tail is also possible.
 41     
 42     
 43     
 44     
 45     069 (morphologically  061 is possible) 76 RA2


Comments, corrections, questions: John Younger (jyounger@ku.edu)